SECOND QUARTER FADE OUT COSTLY FOR PIES RESERVES
The Western Magpies Reserves have missed a golden opportunity to push into thefive when they were defeated by a resurgent Broadbeach at Chelmer on Saturday.
Like their Senior counterparts, the Reserves went to sleep in the second quarter to allow the Cats to run riot and slam on 9 goals to take a stranglehold on the match by half time.
The Cats won by 8 goals so the Pies matched their opponents for the other three quarters.
Broadbeach won 16.12-108 to 9.6-60.
The Pies were missing Sean McEvoy, a late withdrawal due to illness, and his height was missed as the Cats took several marks deep forward during the match. Experienced midfielder Sean Mewing injured his right shoulder in the first minute and did not return.
Despite this disruption the Pies settled early and there was not much in it at the first change.
Broadbeach dominated all aspects of the game in the second quarter as the Magpies dropped their intensity and just did not man up and run with their opponents.
Down by 10 goals at half time, coach Craig Allen asked his players to go back to basics and play man-on-man football and to try to beat their opponent.
The Pies did tighten up after half time and dominated for extended periods and looked the better side for a greater part of the second half.
Rohan Smith worked hard to stem the tide across half back to be the Pies best player. Youngsters Will Lloyd, Joshua White and Rory Johnson also battled hard all match in the midfield and can hold their heads high. Another youngster in Damon Allen also continues his good form at centre half back and Bryce Crossley again tried to marshall the troops from the centre.
Jake Farrell with three goals was the Pies best forward and he will get better with improved fitness.
1.1-7 2-1-13 5-5-35 9-6-60
2.4-16 11-8-7414-9-93 16-12-108
Goal Kickers: J. Farrell 3, K. Vine 2, R. Johnson, T. Roderick, B. Crossley, J. Gainford
Best Players: R. Smith, J. White, W. Lloyd, D. Allen, R. Johnson, B. Crossley